Definition of inclement in US English:



  • (of the weather) unpleasantly cold or wet.

    • ‘Despite inclement weather in some of our centres, ceremonies and wreath layings were attended by all age groups.’
    • ‘During inclement weather, road conditions can vary markedly in different sections of town.’
    • ‘The programme is also a great choice for the cyclist who wants to take an outdoor programme inside during inclement weather.’
    • ‘The Mass will only be moved indoors if the weather is inclement.’
    • ‘The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the holiday crowd which thronged the leisure corridor.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, with the inclement weather, the fantasy of foxy local fauna out in boots and rucksacks wasn't realised.’
    • ‘Though Kent will rue not securing the win, they will point to the inclement weather of the opening three days when 128 overs were lost to rain.’
    • ‘Jojoba oil can be used as a gentle lotion to sooth and repair chapped lips and damaged skin due to inclement weather conditions.’
    • ‘A good but not perfect system since traffic problems and inclement weather sometimes cause production delays.’
    • ‘Attendances at the Kildare County Show were good at the weekend despite somewhat inclement weather.’
    • ‘But when the weather is inclement, you either have to inure yourself to the cold and wet or stay in with a good book or a jigsaw.’
    • ‘It was cancelled two weeks ago because of the inclement weather.’
    • ‘Because of last week's inclement weather some areas previously searched were revisited yesterday.’
    • ‘Despite the inclement weather all participants enjoyed the day in particular the lunch at Clogh Resource Centre.’
    • ‘Thanks also to the collectors who gave so generously of their time in inclement weather without complaint.’
    • ‘My study will finally be used for more than just slogging through essays and drying clothes in inclement weather.’
    • ‘Filming occurred over two days last week but inclement weather on Friday last meant that most of the scenes were shot on Saturday.’
    • ‘Despite the inclement weather all the participants went away happy after their four days of activity and fun.’
    • ‘The inclement weather has kept us out of the garden today, with high, cold winds and torrential rain limiting activity to the greenhouse.’
    • ‘Game four saw more inclement weather, only this time it was in the form of a brutal heat wave that swept through the Midwest.’
    cold, chilly, bitter, bleak, raw, wintry, freezing, snowy, icy
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Early 17th century: from French inclément or Latin inclement-, from in- ‘not’ + clement- ‘clement’.